It’s National Stationery Week this week, and I thought I’d make a little project to celebrate (as a bonus post for today – yay!). These fabric covered exercise books take no time at all to make and are great for fabric stash busting! I’ve used mini notebook-sized ones here, but any size notebook with a thick paper cover will work just fine. Make one for yourself or a set of three for a little gift! Although I have used a plain fabric here, patterns do work best so bear this in mind when you’re choosing what to use.

 

You will need:

 

Some notebooks – I used these Moleskine plain paper notebooks which come in a set of 3

Fabrics – fat quarters would be great and will cover most sizes, leaving plenty spare

Mod Podge and a paintbrush

Sharp scissors or a rotary cutter and cutting mat

An iron

 

Step 1

 

Press your fabrics before starting. Then place a notebook on the fabric to measure how big it needs to be – these notebooks have a little flap i the back, which I covered as well. Cut out the fabric, leaving a few millimetres around each edge, and then trim what will be the inside edge to neaten it.

 

Measuring the fabric for the notebook

 

Step 2

 

Spread some Mod Podge on to one side of your notebook – I started with the inside flap here. Don’t spread too much on or it will just go a bit gloopy.

 

Spread a little Mod Podge

 

Leave for 30 seconds before placing the fabric on top, smoothing out any bumps.

 

Smooth out the fabric as you go

 

Step 3

 

Repeat with the other sides of the notebook, smoothing the fabric as you go.

 

Repeat with the other sides of the notebook

 

Step 4

 

Leave to dry for a while – you’ll probably find that the books bend a little, which is fine! Once they felt dry, I put them on my table and stacked a load of books on top of them to flatten them out again.

 

Fabric covered notebooks

 

These notebooks will be really useful for jotting down my blogging ideas on the go! 🙂